The present quantitative study is part of the new wave of research into the psychology
of language teachers and their emotions (Gkonou, Dewaele & King, 2020). It also
answers the call for more studies on languages other than English (LOTEs) by
considering feedback from 174 Italian as Foreign Language (FL) teachers based in
Italy and abroad. The study investigated the relationship between two psychological
factors, Well-being and Resilience and one novel emotional factor, namely Foreign
Language Teaching Enjoyment (FLTE), adapted from previous studies on learners’
Foreign Language Enjoyment. Correlations analyses followed by a multiple regression
analysis showed that Resilience was the strongest predictor of FLTE, explaining
12.4% of variance, followed by Well-being which explains a further 3.9% of variance.
The findings of the study are discussed in the light of previous studies. We suggest
that happy and resilient teachers who enjoy their profession constitute the very
basis of students’ progress, as the positive emotional atmosphere they establish in
the classroom is a pre-condition for linguistic and psychological growth. The new
9-item scale is recommended for future research on FLTE.